Hold on to your diapers, kids. A classic name is making a comeback in West Michigan, and this one really rules.
Elizabeth, the moniker of the reigning queen of England, has surfaced on Spectrum Health’s Top 10 Baby Names list for the first time in years.
Top baby names
Girl names in 2015:
Boy names in 2015:
Girl names in 2014:
Boy names in 2014:
Not to fret, Olivia—you are still sitting pretty at the top of the girls’ list. And Liam—you have successfully scooted your way back to No. 1 on the boys’ list.
But Elizabeth shakes some rattles with her No. 6 ranking because it turns the clock back a century. The last time Elizabeth ranked that high on the national list, women squeezed into corsets and men tipped bowler hats.
The annual list of baby names released by the Family Birthplace at Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital gives a sneak peek at the coming attractions for kindergarten classrooms. The hospital delivers more babies than any in Michigan. It has recorded 8,574 births so far this year—4,247 girls and 4,327 boys.
Elizabeth is not the only girl’s name with royal flair.
Charlotte comes in at No. 4. And as royal watchers know, Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge bestowed the name Charlotte Elizabeth Diana on their little princess, who was born May 2.
Lindsey and Jeff Czerew, of Ada, Michigan, were not thinking of the royal family when they chose Charlotte Beth for their baby girl, born Tuesday. They didn’t even know the name was popular.
“We both liked that it was very feminine and very ladylike,” Lindsey said, as she cradled her newborn daughter Thursday.
Born weighing 8 pounds, with lots of brown hair and deep blue eyes, Charlotte is a healthy and content little girl, her mom said. She looks a lot like her brother Cameron, almost 2.
They chose Beth for her middle name because that’s Mom’s middle name. Lindsey laughed about the similarity to Princess Charlotte Elizabeth.
“She might be quite the princess. You never know,” she said.
“I think she’s awfully precious,” her dad added.
Popular for a reason
In the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, another baby with a Top 10 name snuggled in her crib.
Ava Georgia Hamilton—whose name is the second most popular—came into the world Nov. 5 with her triplet siblings, Makena Leeann and Braxton Jeffrey. Weighing 3 pounds, 1 ounce at birth, Ava was the smallest of the three, said her dad, Michael Hamilton.
He and his wife, Sarah, knew the name was a favorite with many parents.
“But we’ve always liked it,” he said. “We always thought it was a very pretty name.”
The name would suit a little girl, he said, and would look good someday on a job application.
Ava’s triplet siblings are home now in Standale, Michigan, with their 4-year-old brother, Maddox. Mom stayed with them while Dad visited Ava on Thursday afternoon.
“She’s come along way,” he said as he cradled his daughter in one hand and fed her a bottle with the other. Ava has gained weight steadily and now weighs 4 pounds 6 ounces. “Our goal is to have her home for Christmas.”
The 2015 name list includes some longtime favorites.
For the girls, Olivia is followed by Ava, Emma, Charlotte, Sophia, Elizabeth, Evelyn, Natalie, Harper and Isabella.
On the boys’ list, Liam is followed by Levi, Oliver, Carter, Jackson, Mason, Noah, Owen, Henry and Grayson. While Liam ranked fourth, he was the top of the list in 2012 and 2013.
Only two of the 2015 favorites did not show up on Top 10 lists in the previous six years: Elizabeth and Grayson.
According to the Social Security Administration, which tracks birth names, Grayson first cracked the national top 1,000 in 1984.
Elizabeth, while always in the mix, reached her peak in the United States in 1905. That year, 4,121 little Elizabeths were born, representing 1.3 percent of newborn girls.
The name is of Hebrew origin and means “God is my oath,” according to babynames.com. It comes with a wide choice of nicknames: Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Eliza and Betsy.
And it carries a royal legacy. Elizabeth II—Her Majesty, the Queen of England—has ruled for 63 years. And Elizabeth I, the last Tudor monarch, reigned for 45 years during the English Renaissance.